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Health and Wellness Resolutions for Pets in the New Year

Are you already writing down your New Year’s resolutions for 2023? You can also create some health and wellness resolutions for your pet! Making a list of health and wellness goals for your pet will help you stay organized and on track so you can make sure your pet stays healthy and happy, all year long. Here are some ideas for health and wellness resolutions for pets in the new year. 

Change Up Your Pet’s Diet and Exercise Routine

As your pet ages, his diet and exercise needs may change. Your pet should get regular daily exercise and play no matter how old he is, but check with your veterinarian to find out how much your pet needs per day. You may also need to make changes to your pet’s diet to ensure he’s getting all of the calories, vitamins, and nutrients he needs based on his breed, age, size, and health. Just like humans, pets can develop health problems if they don’t have the right diet and exercise routine. Watch out for signs of weight gain, depression, excessive thirst, lethargy, disinterest in food or play, increased appetite and begging, and destructive or aggressive behavior. 

Maintain Your Pet’s Dental Health

Many pet owners forget to include their pet’s dental health in their regular routine. Check with your veterinarian for tips on the best way to brush your pet’s teeth, and visit the veterinarian yearly for a checkup, including a dental exam. Without the right dental care and maintenance, your pet can develop an abscess, infection, or tooth decay. 

Schedule a Veterinary Checkup

Your pet’s veterinary needs depend on his age and overall health. In general, your pet should visit the veterinarian once per year for a routine checkup. Senior pets should visit twice per year. During the checkup, your veterinarian will assess your pet’s overall health and let you know if you need to make any changes to his diet or lifestyle. 

An important health and wellness goal for the new year is an annual checkup at the veterinarian. If your pet hasn’t visited the veterinarian in over 12 months, make an appointment for the new year.

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